Archive | May 2014


I’ve seen the “busy bag” concept many times and have pinned quite a few ideas on Pinterest; however, I haven’t actually brought one with us to use out and about until today. There are always toys and books in our car and something in my mommy bag purse, but today I considered having a quiet, hands-on activity with us.

Enter stickers.  I loved stickers as a child, and Kiddo has shown a recent interest in them, so I quickly put a “busy bag” together to help occupy him today at a restaurant.  It worked!

This one was very simple, and everything came from Dollar General.

  • Pencil bag with 2 zippered pockets
  • A small spiral notebook
  • 3 sheets of different stickers (smiley faces, Cars, and wild animals)
  • A few crayons if he wanted to draw

As you can see, he was happily occupied, and he even put a couple of stickers on his daddy’s shirt.

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What busy bags or activities do you use for quiet time or out and about?  Let’s share!


Book Review ~ Curious Creatures, 4 books in 1

As a former elementary media specialist, I enjoy reading and reviewing children’s books. When I saw Curious Creatures, 4 books in 1 available for review, I requested it upon release. I looked forward to reading it and to seeing my son’s reaction. While he’s not yet 3 years old, he enjoys looking at books, having us read to him, and animals fascinate him. I’m glad I requested this book.

This is a quality nonfiction book, written on a second grade reading level.  It aligns to the Common Core ELA standards, if that’s important to you.  The 4 books you receive in this volume are: Rainforest Friends, Jungle Beasts, Polar Pals, and Curious Creatures Down Under. Topics include some expected animals like the koala, elephant, and polar bear. I didn’t expect to read about the anaconda (ew!), the echidna, or the Arctic tern.

There are many photographs, and almost all of them are close-ups of the animal. The page layout provides plenty of white space, good color that isn’t garish, and the side bars feature other interesting facts.

There aren’t any highly religious descriptions. The author includes a few statements like, “God gave (this animal a feature)” and it is part of the Made by God series. In keeping with the second grade level, the descriptions are simple about size, habitat, food, basic geography, and some facts about the animals’ activities and / or traits.

The one complaint I have is that the book smells weird.  I don’t know if it’s the ink, the paper, or the combination, but it’s a strong smell, and I can’t read the book for very long periods.  Leaving it propped open has helped a bit, but it may take a while for it to dissipate.

4 out of 5 stars

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Look Blogger program in exchange for my honest review.